About Vako Delivery
George Vakalopoulos owns Vako Delivery (an Amazon Delivery Service Partner).
When he heard about the Baltimore Hunger Project through their partnership with Amazon, he immediately knew he wanted to personally get involved. After speaking to Lynne Kahn (our founder), he learned that transportation was our most significant setback to providing more kids with food, so he stepped up to help.
In connection with Amazon, George and his team of drivers and delivery associates support our mission by bringing food directly to kids in one of the most underserved areas in Baltimore. They take food to the Mack Lewis Boxing Gym, which, in turn, gives it to kids in need.
“He helps me deliver my dreams and my hopes to the children,” says Lynne.
About the Mack Lewis Boxing Gym
The area around the Mack Lewis Boxing Gym is considered a “food desert.” There are no grocery stores in this underserved area, and many kids are without food on Saturdays and Sundays.
The Gym, however, is a big draw for kids, as it provides real coaching and training, teaching kids self-defense and also giving them the opportunity to compete in amateur boxing events.
But the kids at the Mack Lewis Boxing Gym learn more than just how to box. They gain confidence, leadership skills, respect, and determination that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives, leading them to be better citizens now and in the future.
And now, with the help of Vako Delivery and the Baltimore Hunger Project, these kids also walk away with food and a feeling of support they may not otherwise have.
We want them to know that “there are people out here fighting for [them],” says Gregory Wilkes, the Executive Director of the Mr. Mack Lewis Foundation.
Every single student who walks into the Mack Lewis Boxing Gym walks back out with a bag of food to take home.
How You Can Help
If you’re interested in supporting the Baltimore Hunger Project mission and helping us expand our reach, you can make a donation or become a volunteer.
A $25 donation gives a student food for an entire month (and $250 nourishes them for an entire year).
You can also sign up to become a weekly packing volunteer.
With your help, we can change the trajectory of food-insecure kids.